winter approaches, it is important that we review the procedures
for emergency school closing. Parents are advised that under
stormy conditions, the Peel District School Board may attempt
to keep the schools open. However, it is the parents' responsibility
to decide if conditions are safe for their children to attend
NOTE:There may be some situations when the
school is open, but the buses are not running.If a bussed student is brought to school, this
child must also be picked up at the end of the day by the
the case of a severe storm, it may be necessary to keep
the schools closed.This decision will e made by
by the Director of Education and communicated to the major
A.M. radio station regarding “Peel schools.”
TO THE RADIO STATIONS FOR THIS INFORMATION.
DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL.
2.Early School Closing
case of a severe storm, it may be necessary to close the
school early in order to ensure the
safety of students and staff.
Please review with
your child the arrangements as to where he/she should go.It is important that your child knows where
to go should such an emergency arise.
The radio stations will
also notify you of early closings.Of course, those children not sure of emergency
plans will be kept in school until the regular dismissal
time, or later, depending on the weather.
case of an emergency so grave in nature that it becomes
necessary to evacuate the school, we will walk the children
to T.L. Kennedy Secondary SchoolOur alternative
location is The Valleys Public school.
Board personnel will notify local radio stations who will
in turn broadcast this information.The children will be kept and closely supervised
at the evacuation site until taken by parents or their surrogates,
or taken home by bus at the regular dismissal time.
As per Ministry direction, Thornwood has a well-organized
School Council which meets on a regular basis.The School Council's main function is to act as an
advisory group to the school's administration in determining
community needs and formulating policies that will meet
is a partnership involving parents, students, teachers,
principals, school boards, government and local community.School Council is an opportunity to strengthen the
partnership and provide a forum through which parents can
contribute to improving student achievement and school performance.School councils are mandated to provide input to
the local school or school board on any matter that affects
has developed a well-organized School Council made up of
parents, staff, and members of the community who meet regularly
to discuss the issues important to our community and to
the achievement of mutual goals.In the past, the wide array of items Thornwood Council
has reviewed include: spending fundraising monies, positive
behaviour, curriculum, parent volunteers, parent information
nights, fundraising, the constitution and the election process,
social events, and school safety issues.
parents are welcome to attend the meetings and are encouraged
to become involved as a council member, volunteer, or simply
as an interested parent.The School Council / Community bulletin board
in our main hall, is a good source of information for parents
who wish to stay abreast of school matters and events.Minutes of each Council meeting will be posted on
this bulletin board.
of the Council members takes place in the fall.Further information regarding elections
will be sent out during the first week of school in September.
SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
School offers In-School Support and In-School Enhanced Program
Support for students requiring program modifications and/or
accommodations, as identified through the IPRC process.This program is directed towards those students whose
development, in regards to the academic skills, may require
specific teaching strategies and support.
and Language Pathologist
speech and language pathologist works in conjunction with
the ISSP teacher and Principal to provide service to those
students who require speech and language support.
service is provided by the Board to assist in both the school
and the home.The social worker assigned to Thornwood
is available on a need basis, to assist students with attendance
problems and other social and/or emotional difficulties.
service is provided by the Board to individual schools,
to assist them in assessing and programming for specific
learning needs which some students may be experiencing.
School Review Committee
Thornwood ISRC meets on a regular basis.It is comprised of the principal, special education
staff, classroom teachers and Board support staff.At Thornwood, the ISRC functions in several key areas
of improving student learning; these include accommodation
plans and learning plans.Students experiencing difficulties or having
specific needs are presented and plans established to assist
them.As well, thorough assessments of all students
at risk or newly arrived at Thornwood take place on a regular
staff members can refer students to the ISRC.
Placement and Review Committee
IPRC meets either regionally or at the school, depending
on the needs of the child.This committee can deem a student Exceptional and
recommend appropriate placement or programming.
AND COMPUTER LAB
students have regular, weekly library and computer lab periods.All borrowed materials are on loan for a two-week
we do not assess fees for overdue books, we ask that you
ensure your child does return books promptly so that others
may enjoy them.
will charge students for books that are lost or damaged.
will be distributed each month.Each newsletter contains updates on school happenings
and a calendar for you to put up indicating the days of
the school cycle and upcoming events.Newsletters are given to each child attending
PLEASE LOOK FOR THIS NEWSLETTER AT THE BEGINNING
OF EACH MONTH.